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Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Strategies for Flood Mitigation Through Green Infrastructure

12:00 pm, Wed May 15, 2013 –

Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “The Economics of Green Infrastructure: Strategies for Flood Mitigation”? on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Jeff Adkins, Lori Cary-Kothera, Nancy Cofer-Shabica, and Tashya Allen of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center will discuss how economic information can be used to help communities understand and make more informed decisions about reducing the impacts of flooding, how green infrastructure can be an important tool to help reduce flooding, and case studies from three pilot areas in the Great Lakes.

The webinar will be held on May 21 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information — visit changingclimate.osu.edu to sign up. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

As the climate continues to change, it is predicted that the Great Lakes region will see an increase in severe rain events, which is likely to cause increased flooding in local communities. Understanding the cost of these flooding events, and how to help lessen and even prevent them, is a critical need for Great Lakes communities. The presentation will include case studies from Green Bay, WI, Duluth, MN, and Toledo, OH. 

Jeff Adkins is an economist with the NOAA Coastal Services Center who promotes the use of economics by state and local governments and other coastal resources managers. Areas of interest include ocean economics, market and non-market values, and return on investment. He holds a MS degree in Water Resources Administration from Southern Illinois University and a BBA in Economics from Marshall University. 

Lori Cary-Kothera is a physical scientist at the NOAA Coastal Services Center.  She works on a variety of projects helping local coastal resource agencies better utilize technologies including GIS and social media. She has a BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and a MS degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology.

Nancy Cofer-Shabica is a physical scientist at NOAA’s Coastal Services Center focusing on coastal conservation and resilience planning applications and training. She leads projects to help diverse partners apply science and geospatial information for management and decision making. She holds an MS degree in Marine Geology and an MMA in Marine Affairs.

Tashya Allen is a Coastal Hazards Specialist working for The Baldwin Group at the NOAA Coastal Services Center. Her background is in community-based risk and vulnerability assessments. She also specializes in the development of decision support tools for hazards management and community resilience planning. She holds a BS degree in Geology from the College of Charleston.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.

Contact

Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975, jentes.1@osu.edu

ARTICLE TITLE: Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Strategies for Flood Mitigation Through Green Infrastructure PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Wed May 15, 2013 | MODIFIED: 1:12 pm, Tue April 28, 2015
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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Technical Editor, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also helps manage online events like the Global Change, Local Impact climate webinar series.